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The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the American Airlines Center.
After losing in disappointing fashion to begin their five-game homestand, the Dallas Mavericks admittedly need to make adjustments on the court in order to get back to playing at a high level.
Chandler Parsons returned to the court and led the way with 18 points, Monta Ellis had 17 while Amar’e Stoudemire added 15, but the Mavs were just horrible on defense. On too many possessions, the Cavaliers were able to swing the ball and find the open shooter uncontested on the perimeter and it really burned the Mavs as the Cavs sunk 15 of 32 threes. After the loss, Stoudemire publicly called out his teammates about their lack of effort, so expect an improved level of intensity tonight.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven overall and they’ll be looking for a third straight win after earning a marquee 120-108 win over the Thunder on Wednesday. Chris Paul had a monster game of 33 points and nine assists while playing great defense on Russell Westbrook, while JJ Redick added 25 points and Matt Barnes had 22 as the Clippers dominated the red-hot Thunder in their own building. As a team, the Clippers got off to a sensational start and poured on 100 points after three quarters thanks to 15 of 30 shooting from the three-point line, but the best part was that they were able to stifle the Thunder’s Westbrook, forcing him into 10 turnovers. With the win, LA improved to 42-23 on the season and 18-14 on the road which keeps them climbing up the Western standings.
The Clippers, who have won eight of 10 in the series, haven’t swept the Mavericks since taking all four meetings in 1993-94. They won 120-100 in Los Angeles on Jan. 10 and 115-98 on the road on Feb. 9.
They are also seeking a fourth straight victory in Dallas for the first time since a five-game winning streak there from March 18, 1992-March 8, 1994.